Octaevo is a new stationery and miscellanea company of our utmost liking, based in Mediterranean Barcelona. The brainchild of Zurich-born Marcel Baer happened by coincidence; “and it felt right, because it felt like home.” As an independent Art Director and Graphic Designer Baer had always loved the romance stationery evokes through its permanent nature and historic appeal. With an inherited passion for the sea, history, traveling and the Mediterranean, possibly from his Spanish grandmother, Baer wanted to create a new kind of stationery that combined all the elements which inspired him. With his products Octaevo aims at explorers, collectors and dreamers as he is just that himself. All the pieces are made to be held close and built to last, produced exclusively with regional partners and support artisan workshops. Through these collaborations with inspiring creatives, Octaevo has the ambition to form a platform to showcase Mediterranean talent.
Marcel Baer states how he sees the creation of Octaevo sparked early on in his life:
This project started with my family album. Images of my father Kurt in his late 20s, working on the high sea surrounded by the wind and the waves. Black and white memories of him deep sea diving and exploring the unknown. The sea was his passion and his stories were full of adventures.
“From my Spanish grandmother, Marieta, I have inherited hundreds of hours of Super 8 footage, documenting her family trips in the early ’60s. The jet-age was just about to the change the world, and we see them traveling along the Mediterranean coast from Rome to Athens, Beirut until Tel Aviv, idyllic captions of a time long past.”
Next to their prefabricated products the company also offers bespoke services. From engraved writing paper, correspondence cards to beautifully designed wedding invitations and personal notebooks, Octaevo serves discerning customers around the globe. Taking their time for individual costumers delivering products improved perfectly to what’s asked of them.
We are highly inspired by the story behind Octaevo and the products that have risen from them!
For information and to order online see here.